Enterprising Eastern Perthshire Ltd

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Enterprising Eastern Perthshire Ltd
Enterprise Development & Support
in the Community
Growing the Local Economy
February 2015
GrowBiz
(Enterprising Eastern Perthshire Ltd)
What we do:
• Community-based enterprise support for
anyone who wants to develop an idea or start
a business (or social enterprise)
• Flexible enterprise advice, guidance and
connections
• Services are free and confidential
• ‘Bottom-up’ approach
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GrowBiz:
How we do it:
• 1 – 1 meetings with enterprise professional
• Programme of peer support group meetings
• GrowBiz XChange & Mentoring
• Creative Care and Women’s Enterprise projects
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Outcomes
• In 7 years of operation, worked with > 600 clients
• Helped to create/support 350+ new or expanded
businesses in rural Perthshire
• Cost per job c£1200
• 70% clients are women
• GrowBiz XChange – initial 40 members
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Impact
In addition to business benefits (e.g. access
to idea development, business planning,
marketing, finance, HR advice etc)
• Increased community & social capital
• Increased self-esteem and self-belief
• Increased confidence
• Increase in contribution to local GVA?
(difficult to calculate)
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GrowBiz businesses look like
this.......
and this.................
and these...............
and many more.......................
Creative Care Project
Photography workshops
Crafts
Herbal walks, talks and
complementary therapies
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Cooking
and care
Moving and downsizing
for older people
What do we need to do to create a
more diversified rural economy?
- Access to flexible enterprise support
- Micro-finance
- Enable more connectivity – and crossfertilisation of sectors
- Respect for ideas and dreams
- Take initial ‘small’ ideas seriously – they
could grow into the big ideas of the future
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Concluding Thought
Capture the energy and
aspirations of individuals to
improve their lives - and
those of their communities and results will
follow.............
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Contact: Jackie Brierton
[email protected]
www.growbiz.co.uk
@grow_biz